• Oregon Tosses $300 Million into the Wind for Political Cover

    What is the cost of covering a liberal governor’s political back heading into an election year?

    In Oregon, it appears to be about $300 million.

    That is the amount of money the state plowed into their own version of ObamaCare only to pull the plug when political advisors to then Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) feared the web portal might not work as planned.

    As ObamaCare became law, Oregon was one of the first states willing to blaze a trail for government run health care. Taxpayer money from the state and federal government was used to create a state exchange at a cost topping $230 million.

    Even before the Cover Oregon’s website was functional, the state became a laughing stock thanks to a taxpayer funded ad campaign that looked like it was conceived by a hippie high on acid.

    The multi-million dollar campaign was panned by liberal comedian John Oliver who said this:

     “Look, we get it, Oregon. You people live in a cartoon. Your mountains are breathtaking, your coffee is fair trade, and everywhere you go you hear the sound of f***ing ukuleles. You’ve made your point, but here’s the thing. This is all very charming — until you waste tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on a website that doesn’t work.”

    Truth is, this was no laughing matter for the taxpayers. As the fallout from the ad campaign began, Kitzhaber put his top political consultant and campaign manager Patricia McCaig, who fancies her nickname as the “Princess of Darkness.”

    As was reported, “By her own admission, Patricia McCaig knew virtually nothing about health care reform or the reasons Cover Oregon had crashed. Her primary mission was not to save a beleaguered state program but to get Kitzhaber re-elected.”

    Rather than let the techies sort things out, McCaig appears to have ordered the website shut down to protect her client’s political future — taxpayers be damned. The $300 million spent on the program was thrown into a junk folder.

    Since the program was killed, the governor has been forced to resign thanks to another crony scandal involving his girlfriend. State and federal investigators are scouring Portland looking for examples of Kitzhaber’s corruption. The Cover Oregon website appears to have cost taxpayers as much, if not more, than the other scandal enveloping Kitzhaber. Congressional investigators are now looking into what happened. Perhaps the feds should be doing the same.

    Roberto Escoban

    Roberto Escoban is the pen name of a conservative activist who spent 20 years working in Washington including a decade on Capitol Hill.

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